Scott has been practicing his lettering and finally handed me something yesterday that was not only written nicely (he has terrific handwriting) but also inked well. We’ve been having some trouble with inking the lettering so it doesn’t come out thin and inconsistent. Continuing to follow the Pixar and Disney news, the 3-D animation unit at Disney called Circle 7 that Eisner created to make sequels to Pixar movies is being shut down. Already heavily into pre-prduction on “Toy Story 3,” the article warns of layoffs and some artists moving to other areas. Some people may not have heard that Eisner was doing that, first claiming sequels weren’t under Pixar’s control and then moving vigorously ahead with a third toy movie when Pixar and Disney split. In my own news, I’m sending off another CD with some fixes to our New York printer this weekend. We should have books in time for Emerald City Con, and enough of them to start up a humble online store. We’re also considering T-shirts in a very small order.
Animation Nation is alive today as Disney and Pixar announce their merger. Oh, you heard Disney bought Pixar? That’s the technical term for it, but Steve Jobs is now the biggest stockholder on the board and John Lasseter is taking over the entire creative side of Disney, including imagineering. For those of us that were supporting Roy Disney during his exile from the company, for those of us that got out of animation during the lean years, for those of us that hated watching what Eisner was doing to the traditional feature company with an amazing history, this was historic.I believe we are looking ahead to an exciting era for the parks and a revival of traditional animation brought to you by the people who hold those things dear to their hearts. And what’s next for Michael Eisner, who stepped down this last year? I hear a talk show.
That artist ran behind this weekend and so we are giving him a break and offer this rerun just for today. It’s back to the storyline on Wednesday. On Sunday Scott was quoted in the Tacoma News Tribune in an article on webcomics. The article hasn’t made it to the web so I can’t link for anybody to read. Fellow local cartoonist Mark Monlux was also quoted and actually recommended us for the article, as we mentioned Bill Morse who was also included. We mentioned everybody that we knew doing webcomics locally but not everybody ended up in the article. The author Bill Hutchins listed his local favorites as:
Scott regrets that the article refers to him as “Ball” too often, but other than that it was very satisfying to be part of it.